Our Pastor recently finished preaching through the book of Ephesians. As I listened, the idea of our Christian walks was at the forefront, especially during Chapters 4-6. I felt compelled to do a series on walking because we so often hear about the need to “walk our talk.”
Jesus said that we believers are light and salt to the world. (Matthew 5:13-16) How can we be a Christ-like example to the world if we do not know in what manner we are to walk?
That is what I would like us to look at during this series. Would you join me?
Paul spends the first 3 chapters of Ephesians not only reminding us of what God has done for us through Jesus Christ, but also of our new position with God as a result.
These truths are fundamental not only to understanding the tenants of our faith, but in determining the how’s and why’s of our walks. We must understand what has been done for us and how we can impact the world for Christ as a result. (Click here to read Ephesians Ch. 1-3)
Paul first mentions our walk in Chapter 2: (Click here to read Ch. 2:1-10 in its entirety.)
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world…” ~Ephesians 2:1-2
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” ~Ephesians 2:10
We watched a movie recently where a Grandmother was advising her Grandson, who was visiting her in Harlem, on how to safely walk the streets of New York. Her words were something like, “walk as though you have a purpose.”
Ephesians 2:10 makes the purpose of our walks very clear.
After telling us all that God has done for us through Christ, Paul begins Chapter 4 with the word “Therefore”. My Pastor always reminds us that when the Bible says ‘therefore’, it is there for a reason.
Because God has given us all that we need in Christ Jesus, Paul beseeches us to “walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.” (Ch. 4:1) When I think upon the truth that Christ died for me, I become passionate about wanting to live for Him.
Verses 2 and 3 give us the first words to describe how we can (and must) do that.
“with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” ~Ephesians 4:2-3
There is a lot of instruction packed into those 26 words! I would imagine that we could spend the rest of our lives attempting to live by these words. The bad news is that in our own strength, this type of living is much too lofty of a goal.
The good news is that when God asks us to do something, He then equips us with the ability to do it.
Referring to Ephesians 2:10, my Pastor put it this way, “Our works are actions, behaviors, and attitudes that please God.” He continued, “Our purpose is not to work in them, but to walk in them, in faith by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” ~Philippians 1:6
So, Friends, as we walk this week, let us by the power of the Holy Spirit, walk in humility, meekness, lowliness, gentleness, with patience and longsuffering, bearing with one another in love and unity.
As we do that, let us keep in mind that it is Him who does the work in us.
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him” ~Colossians 2:6
*All Scripture verses are the New King James Version.
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